Lecture 3-22-2007 - Political Science 104 Lecture A Divided...

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Lecture March 22, 2007 A Divided Nation? Are political divisions and public opinion differences sharper than they have been? Are we a 50-50 nation, with little common ground? Polarized? Unbridgeable gaps between Evangelicals and liberals? Elite Views “The anger level is so high that if the demonstrators of 1968 felt like this there would have been gunfire in the streets” (Andrew Kohut) “(Red staters) know who they are- they are full of original sin and they have a tast for violence. The blue state citizens make the Rousseauian mistake of thinking humans are essentially good” (Jane Smiley) Conventional Wisdom Razor close elections (close to 50-50) Little common ground on many important issues (abortion, Iraq, education reform, taxes, social security) Blue v. Red States – Regional fracturing Fiornia Not so fast: what is the evidence for this kind of polarization Data on demographics, attitudes don’t really show a Culture War Not always red v. blue, sometimes there is a lot of purple. So What?
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Lecture 3-22-2007 - Political Science 104 Lecture A Divided...

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